European Art History: London & Berlin

Early-bird discount

Get a 10% discount on 2017 Summer Study Abroad courses at Chelsea and Wimbledon Colleges of Arts when you apply by 31 January 2017.

European Art History
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Through lectures, visits and discussion groups, this module offers you the opportunity to engage with the art, history and culture of London and Berlin.

Your learning will be enhanced by a four day trip to Berlin, accompanied by the course tutor, who will guide you through the art and culture of one of Europe's most dynamic cities.  

Course details

The European Art History module is based at Chelsea College of Arts and offers a varied and stimulating introduction to art and design as it has developed in Europe since the Renaissance.

Through focusing on specific themes and artefacts, ranging from architecture to photography and from the Sublime to Surrealism, it aims to equip students with a basis of knowledge and enthusiasm for study and practice in a European context. The course interweaves lectures with seminar discussions and gallery visits to create a fluid and engaging learning experience.

European Art History is an intense module with teaching taking place between 10.00 and 16.00 most days, although there will be some time for self directed study. It offers an excellent opportunity to study alongside students from a wide varierty of backgrounds and artistic disciplines.

Dates and fees

Dates 2017

Summer: 3 July - 21 July 2017


£1,995*, with a 4-day guided study trip to Berlin that includes: 

  • Return flights to Berlin
  • Accommodation in shared en-suite rooms
  • Central Berlin travel pass
  • Entry to museums and galleries

*Early-bird discount of 10% will be applied to all applications received by 31 January 2017

Berlin trip

A four day, tutor-led study trip to Berlin takes place in week 2 of the course. 

Flights, shared accommodation in a centrally located hotel, breakfast, Berlin travel passes and all entrance fees are included in the programme fee.  

Why Berlin?

Berlin combines a wealth of historic museum collections with a rapidly expanding, yet still young and exciting art scene. The city has been the creative centre of Germany for at least 100 years, a status only intensified by its' geographic isolation during the Cold War.

Significant chapters in the history of Dada and the Bauhaus were played out here. German Expressionist cinema developed in the early decades of the 20th Century.

The recent renovation of the Reichstag (parliament) building and the opening of Daniel Libeskind's extraordinary New Jewish Museum demonstrate how the city is uniquely alive to its' history, the darker periods included, and a home to innovative design.

Berlin is the crossroads of modern European history from Napoleon to Hitler to the Cold War; this history is legible in its' architecture.



Dr Andrew Chesher lectures in Art Theory at Chelsea College of Arts. He is currently first year theory co-ordinator on the Undergraduate Fine Art course. 

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This was the best art history course I have taken within my 3 years at university. We went to a museum almost daily and saw what we had talked about in class that morning. Whenever I tell people about my Study Abroad experience, the first thing I talk about is this amazing course.

Matthew Quinlan, University of Hartford, Autumn 2015